The '''White House''' is the official residence
and principal workplace of the President of the United States
, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C.|NW
in Washington, D.C.
It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams
The house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban
and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone
in the Neoclassical architecture|Neoclassical style
. When Thomas Jefferson
moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe
) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnade
s that were meant to conceal stables and storage.
However, in 1814, during the War of 1812
, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army
in the Burning of Washington
, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately,...